January 17, 2018

How to Align Executive and Corporate Board of Directors’ Interests


Investors and corporate board of directors want to ensure that the interests of executives and shareholders are aligned over the long term. The instruments most used to create this alignment are ownership requirements and post-vesting/exercise holding periods. In this Farient Brief, we explore post-vesting and exercise holding period policies for companies in the S&P 500.

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December 1, 2017

Gender Diversity on Boards: Reaching Gender Parity


If you’ve been following Farient’s series of Briefs regarding gender diversity on boards, we think you will agree we have highlighted some interesting facts. First, the representation of women board members varies significantly among industries. Second, although the percentage of women directors on public company boards is increasing, our most recent Brief shows that this has been accomplished primarily through newly added board seats versus replacing men who hold current seats. The question is why are companies adding board seats rather using vacated seats to increase board diversity? This Brief focuses on some of the reasons companies are using this approach to gender diversity on boards rather than replacing existing board members.

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October 20, 2017

What is Driving Gender Diversity on Boards?

As discussed in our last Farient Brief, the percentage of women directors in the S&P 500 has climbed from 16.9 percent in 2010 to 22.2 percent at the end of fiscal year 2016. Unlike initiatives in European countries where quotas have been legislated, in these U.S. companies change has been driven by pressure by investors and organizations, like 2020 Women on Boards, 30% ClubWomen Corporate Directors and Catalyst Inc, to name only a few. What dynamics underlie this change? Is the increase a result of men being replaced or new board seats being created?

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September 26, 2017

See How Gender Diversity on Boards is on the Upswing

Gender Diversity on Boards: The Past, Present & Future

Diversity is an important topic in today’s corporate governance discussions, particularly since investors are paying attention to it. In this Farient Brief, we take a look at trends in gender diversity on boards across three stock indices from 2007 to 2016.

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September 11, 2017

The Data Is in on Board Diversity: Women Still Comprise Less Than 25 Percent of S&P 500 Boards

The Data Is in on Board Diversity

Looking beyond corporate governance, investors are laser-focused on board refreshment as part of their arsenal to improve independence, oversight and corporate performance. Additionally, board refreshment is considered the perfect opportunity to increase board diversity. In this Farient Brief, we explore macro trends of gender and board diversity, taking a closer look at how specific sectors across regions are embracing it.

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